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Pakistani tribunal defers decision on Akhtar's appeal

Pakistani tribunal defers decision on Akhtar's appeal

A Pakistan Cricket Board tribunal on Sunday deferred a decision on fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar's appeal against a five-year ban until June 14.
"We need some more time as we have to study more documents," Farrukh Aftab, chief of the Pakistan Cricket Board tribunal, said. He did not go into the details of the documents.
Akhtar was allowed to compete in the lucrative Indian Premier League last month after the tribunal lifted the ban for one month.
Akhtar's lawyers had asked the tribunal to temporarily lift the ban because the IPL was refusing to allow him to take part in its competition while the ban stood, even though the original sanction was not intended to cover non-international cricket outside Pakistan.
The fast bowler, nicknamed the "Rawalpindi Express" for his home town and his sheer pace, was banned for five years by the PCB on April 1 following a series of disciplinary breaches, including making critical comments about the board after it opted against awarding him a central contract.


Updated : 2021-07-31 13:55 GMT+08:00